Moxie & Mel

{October 6, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

Dear Moxie–

I am flippin’ out over here!  I can’t believe we got press!  And so soon!  With only one item in the shop so far!  I’m so wiggin’ out!  I wish I could type this as fast as I just told my sister about it!  LOL  This is just the best news!  I go on one little bike ride and come home to this…. I’m going riding more often!  Congrats to us!!!




{October 6, 2006}   Dear Mel-

It’s so exciting! I can hardly contain myself!

Whats that you say? You don’t know what I’m talking about? Well here…take a peek!

ThisNext Blog

Still not sure what I mean? READ IT!

Yep! It’s true!

The ‘All That Glitters’ scarf is the source of our very first press for Moxie & Mel! It was picked by Kristopher Dukes, which is very exciting in and of itself! (For those of you who don’t know why, check out this bio!

Yay Moxie & Mel!

~ Moxie, who is bouncing up and down in her chair!

{October 6, 2006}   Dear Mel-

I’m a total slacker. I’ve been completely absent and I am sorry for that.  Things have been oh-so-hectic around here (what’s new, right?) and I just haven’t had the spare time to post. Add to that the fact that there hasn’t been anything really worthy of posting and you get…absentee Moxie.

So… here is a little something I’ve been working on in my ‘spare time’ to entertain you and the 4 other people who are reading this *waves to Georgia, Tanya, Tonya and Michelle*– pictures of some of your delightful creations.

You’ll have to post up some descriptions for them so we can get them on Etsy!

Hope all is well in the frozen north!


{September 29, 2006}   Excitement In The Shop!

Yay! The Moxie & Mel shop is getting there, and I finally have my very first knitted item – the “All That Glitters” scarf – for sale in the Moxie & Mel Etsy Shop!

Check it out here!

{September 26, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

Me! Me!  Pick Me!  I’m someone in the North!!  LOL  I am so excited about getting the shop open!  At this point I am just playing with hemp and waiting for some money that isn’t already spent to buy some more leather to make more belts.  I thought I had a good idea for a nice wide hemp pattern, but then realized that it kept growing wider and wider and I couldn’t figure out how to bring it back to skinny.  Kind of like me reaching 30!  LOL

Do you happen to have some lunch over there?  I’m hungry.  I don’t think there’s anything in the kitchen so I suppose I should go find somewhere that sells food.

Have a fantabulous day!



{September 25, 2006}   Dear Mel-

Since its been awhile for a crafty post…I now give you: The skinny scarf, a work in progress.

Work In Progress

Yep, I’m having a ball with this *grin*. I’ve mixed a suede yarn with an eyelash fun yarn to create this seascape of fuzzy comfort. It’s a happy little number in soft shades of blues and greens that reminds me of the ocean. I’m in love with it and might end up keeping it for myself, even though I have no idea when I’d wear it in Florida.  Of course, I’m just as tempted to let someone in the Frozen North have a bit of the seaside to wear out and about.

Can’t wait to finish it off and get started on the next one- a mix of feathery yarn in citrus colors over a burgundy suede background!

Hope all is well with you, and I promise to have pictures for you VERY soon! I’m hoping that, in the next week, the Moxie and Mel shop can open!

Love as always~


{September 21, 2006}   Dear Mel-

Wow what a whirlwind the last couple weeks have been! I have lots and lots to tell you, but I’ll try to stick to the important stuff.

First, working for 911 is really…challenging.  I’ll still be in training for the next five weeks, but I’ve already been answering non-emergency calls and will start taking the emergency calls on Friday night. Handling the calls/callers isn’t difficult; the problem for me is memorizing all of the vast amount of information you need to know. Dispatchers really do have their own language and learning it is really a challenge.

My schedule for the next few days is a bit wonky- I will be working Friday through Sunday 7pm-7am and then I will have Monday and Tuesday off, so if you don’t hear from me before those two days off, know I’ll get back with you as soon as possible!

One thing I have been enjoying is the early morning ride home. I’m not usually someone who is up with the sunrise, so getting a glimpse of it has been nice. I snapped a quick shot for you the other day, but it’s not very good (no tripod so it’s rather fuzzy).


Bubba is doing much better, thanks to the wonders of modern medicine. He was thoughtful though and shared his illness freely with everyone around him. I’m still fighting it and on some pretty good doses of sinus medication which make me feel like I’m floating around in a type of other-worldly fog. Fun times!

I haven’t had much of a chance to be creative lately as all my time has been devoted to working, sleeping and trying to recover from this icky illness, so I don’t have any crafty goodness to post right yet. However, I AM gearing up to make the shower favors for Miss Christine’s baby shower- duckie soaps. Should have those pictures soon.

As for the day of cooking, I’ve never been one to stock up on food. I believe that leftovers are evil and I am totally against thawing food to cook…lol. I know it’s a time saver and all that, but … ick. However, I do love me some fresh soups!

Here’s a recipe I’m quite fond of that you ladies might enjoy adding to your list. Keep in mind that you can add all KINDS of seasoning to taste as the base is somewhat ‘bland’ to those with an herb addiction like myself. I tend to be a little free with the garlic, rosemary, basil..Everglades name it.. *grin*

Broccoli Soup With Cheddar Cheese

Ingredients ~

6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) butter, room temperature
2 pounds fresh broccoli, stems and florets separated and chopped into bite-size pieces
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried
61/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth
1 cup whipping cream

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

2 cups (packed) grated extra-sharp cheddar cheese (about 8 ounces)

Instructions ~

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in heavy medium pot over medium-high heat. Add broccoli stems and onion; sauté until onion is translucent, about 6 minutes.

Add garlic and tarragon; sauté 1 minute.

Add stock; bring to boil. Simmer uncovered until broccoli is tender, about 15 minutes.

Stir in cream.

Mix remaining 3 tablespoons butter with flour in small bowl to make paste. Whisk paste into soup.

Add broccoli florets. Simmer until soup thickens and florets are tender, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly, then refrigerate uncovered until cold.

Cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before continuing.) Preheat broiler. Place 6 ovenproof soup bowls on baking sheet. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle 1/3 cup cheese over each. Broil until cheese melts and bubbles around edges, about 4 minutes.
I’m off to spend some quality time with my blankee and a cuppa tea. MMM. Hot tea.

~Love as always


{September 21, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

I was just wondering if you or any of our readers have ever done this. My cousin and I spend one day each Fall cooking and then freeze our creations in smaller portions and use them for quick meals during the winter when fresh vegetables aren’t readily available. In the past we’ve made cheesy potato soup with ham and vegetable soup with beef. Of course this long day of cooking usually requires a bottle of wine (a little for the soup, a little for the people) and involves a lot of giggling and sharing memories. That’s probably the best part, but the food is nice too. Especially for her. She has 3 girls at home and sometimes the hour it takes to make dinner is hard for her to find!

I wanted to share my vegetable soup recipe with you in case you’d like to try it!

2-3 lb. beef roast

1 large can of tomato juice

1 large can of beef stock

4 lbs potatoes

2 lbs green beans

12 ears of corn

1 large bag of frozen peas

1/2 pound of carrots

2 packages of celery hearts

2 large onions

1 large head of cabbage

2 large cans whole peeled tomatoes

Place roast in a slow cooker with 1 carrot, 1 stalk of celery, and 1/2 an onion cut into chunks. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add just enough water to cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours until the roast falls apart. While that is cooking, peel and cube potatoes, clean green beans and cut the big ones in half, cut the corn off the cob, chop celery and carrots, onion and cabbage. When meat is done, take it out of the cooker and reserve broth. Let meat cool until you can handle it. Pick it apart discarding any fat or other undesirable parts. Strain the reserved broth and add it to a large stock pot with the canned broth and tomato juice. Add carrots and celery and bring to a boil. After about 10 minutes at a rolling boil, add the meat and the rest of the vegetables and reduce to a simmer. Simmer about 1 1/2 hours. (of course frozen vegetables can be used and cooking time reduced, but that kind of defeats our purpose! LOL)

Now here’s the very important part. Let your soup cool completely before freezing. Someone once told me that if you put warm food in a cold place it will spoil much more quickly. I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’m not taking any chances! LOL

I hope you enjoy!



{September 20, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

How are you feeling?  I saw on your google talk status message that you were very sick yesterday.  I’m hoping that you are feeling better.  How is Bubba?  His bronchitis clearing up at all?  Looks like Helene is going to miss y’all!  That’s good news!

On another note, it’s way so freezing here!  It’s only 48 degrees out there!  And windy too!  Unless it gets warmer this weekend I don’t think we’ll be going to the lake.

I’ve been playing with my sewing machine again.  I haven’t actually created anything with it yet, just learning how to sew a straight line and change the foot and stuff.  My machine is a dinosaur so according to anyone who sews, it’s very simple.  PFT!  Simple?  Maybe for you!  LOL  So anyway, I am working on the concept that it’s just a machine and it only does what I tell it to do in hopes of making some progress with it!  LOL

Well I’m off to rearrange my living room so that I can get my plant stand in front of a window.  It’s about time to bring the plants in.

Hope you are feeling better and have a wonderful day!

Huggzz to ya!


{September 11, 2006}   Dear Moxie–

Oh my goodness I laughed so hard at your “how redneck”! You wouldn’t believe how many people have those in their yards here! Like 1 in 5 houses sport those exact same pools all summer! Underground pools aren’t very practical because of the freezing and thawing of the ground, so you don’t see many of those here. To me, it doesn’t look “redneck” at all!

Soooooo, I went to the lake this past weekend. I had a really good time. I totally forgot to take any pictures! I’m going to have to put my camera on a strap around my neck like a tourist in Italy or something! We went out on the lake in the boat and the view was absolutely perfect. I can’t believe I forgot to take the camera! What’s wrong with me??? LOL I am going again next weekend and I promise to take some pictures. I’m also going to take my hemp and create while I’m there. I didn’t take any “work” along this weekend because I was trying to “get away”, but while I was there I had an overwhelming urge to create something and no material!

I just wanted to let you know that I made it back home safely and that I had a good time. I will tell you more about it when I can give a “photo tour”.



P.S. The Howard Miller clock was about $9700, but that was discounted from the SRP of $17,000 according to the tags. LOL

et cetera